Category : General
Song Service Donations
With no Song Service’s currently scheduled, the board requests that you consider donations to the Newark Fresh Air Fund and Saint Peter’s Orphanage. Checks can be made out to ELC or the individual organization and mailed to the Treasurer (Estling Lake Corporation, PO Box 281, Denville, NJ 07834). Contributions will be split evenly between the two organizations. Alternatively, you can donate via www.freshair.org and www.stpetersorphanage.org. where credit cards are accepted. Each has a “donations” tab and in each case you can either “leave a comment” or enter in “special instructions” your association with Estling Lake. Last summer we donated over $5,000 from our Song Service collections.
I recently spoke with the Executive Directors of the two charities. Both are experiencing a drop off in contributions.
Donna Johnson-Thompson attended Song Service a few years ago to recognize Estling’s 100-year history of contributing to the Newark Fresh Air Fund. In our call she specifically spoke of the funding needs of a camp that she manages for children with physical disabilities. The camp will open in July abiding by the Covid19 regulations. It is an expensive program to run. 100% of all donations go to this and other programs for children.
Kelly McNamara, Executive Director of St Peters Orphanage was quite emotional when I informed her that the Estling Lake community would continue to contribute to St Peters despite no scheduled Song Services. While her basic needs are largely funded via governmental programs, all of our contributions are for special activities for St Peters residents.
We will hold a ZOOM-based town hall meeting Wednesday, July 1st. The primary agenda item is a presentation from the By Laws Committee of recommended changes to our governing documents. As this meeting is 2 days following our next board meeting and only a week following the opening of the beach, I’m certain that the “beach” will also be a topic discussed. Details to follow.